…by Anura Guruge
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It worked out well for us. We got married, to the day, 6 weeks after meeting online. So we didn’t have much time. I was working for MacDurgin in Laconia and the ‘Inn’ was a customer. So I had got to know the owner, when I delivered stuff, help set up printers and quoted them for various computer systems for the Health Club.
The restaurant, at that time, and going back a few years, was quite good. They used to do a nice Sunday brunch. My son, Matthew, liked their brunch. We used to frequent the restaurant a fair amount. The Chef did us proud! All together it went well.
I kind of knew the then ‘recent’ history. A couple from MA had bought it, when he, a longtime UPS employee, did good when UPS went public in the mid-1990s. Then, they got divorced. She ended up with the place. Following 2001 things were tight and she wanted out. It was hard (for all). In addition to the wedding I organized a few other events at the ‘Inn’ around that time frame for Laconia Rotary and MacDurgin. I kind of got fed up getting ‘nickeled and dimed‘ after we had agreed on ‘terms’. Silly, crazy stuff, but I would get these frantic calls at night demanding ‘another $17’ when I had already agreed to pay $960 (and would have paid a round $1,000 in the first place, if I had been asked that to begin with)! It was a shame. Had a bit of that with the wedding (like getting charged for rooms he didn’t want or use), but I just paid up. I was glad that it was sold.
Since we liked the place we tried to go to the restaurant whenever we could and was hoping to establish a tradition of going there for our anniversary, each year, on January 1.
In the Summer of 2003, right before Bike Week, the chef left in a huff. I was very upset. He was a good guy. Good chef.
I know we went there on January 1, 2004. The restaurant changed hands so many times after that, that we just gave up.
We got invited to a pool party somewhere around 2005 – 2006. I was shocked at the mold and mildew in the changing rooms. I told Deanna that I wouldn’t be going back — and I haven’t. Deanna took the kids to another pool party during the last 18 months. I asked her about the mold and mildew. It was still there, though she said that it looked like they had tried to clean up.
Just now, before I started writing this I did a quick Google of the ‘Inn’. Saw reviews on ‘Trip Advisor‘. I do use them sometimes. So I looked them up. Cracked me up. There was a review from September 2012 talking about ‘mold and mildew’! That is a shame. The 2 couples, ‘brother-and-sister’ (or similar), with missionary backgrounds, that bought the place might have been over their heads. They had no hospitality background. So, it could be 3rd time lucky for the ‘Inn’. I would like to see the restaurant make a come back. So I am rooting for the ‘Inn’.